Degrees and Programs

Health Science

Why study Health Science at BenU Mesa?

If you are interested in a health-related career and want a challenging yet flexible academic preparation, you may choose to major in Health Science at Benedictine University Mesa. Our program prepares you for further study toward careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical or occupational therapy, podiatry, veterinary medicine and other health related professions. Benedictine University Mesa has a close working relationship with many outstanding medical facilities in the Phoenix area and with many individual professionals who supervise our students in unique practical observation experience. Our program is recognized by many area professional schools as providing excellent preparation for success.

What comprises the major in Health Science?

  • Introductory Biology - Principles of Organismal Biology (3 semester credit hours) and Principles of Biology and Lab (4 semester credit hours).
  • Chemistry - 16 semester credit hours: four courses in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with labs.
  • Biochemistry - 3 semester credit hours (Principles of Biochemistry or Biochemistry)
  • Physics - 8 semester credit hours: two courses in college Physics with Lab or University Physics with Lab.
  • Math - at least 3 semester credit hours: College Trigonometry or proficiency in a higher mathematics course. Note: some health professional programs may require calculus.
  • Health Science Core: (22 semester credit hours) - Microbiology, Genetics, Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biostatistics, Cell Biology and a writing-intensive seminar course.
  • Science Electives: 10 semester credit hours of advanced science (200 level or above); at least 5 semester credit hours must be at the 300 level.
  • Health Science Practicum - A 2 semester credit-hour clinical experience in physical or occupational therapy, dentistry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, optometry or medicine is available as an elective.

How does the program work?

  1. Excellent academic preparation through biology and cognate math and science coursework prepares you with both the science knowledge and the higher-level thinking skills to succeed in a health care center.
  2. Practicum: Clinical experience for credit in at least one health science specialty is offered to students in the Health Science major. Tis course gives students the opportunity to observe professionals in the field, leading to a better understanding of the rewards and challenges found in your chosen health care profession.
  3. Advising: You will consult with advisors in both basic science and clinical fields regarding academic preparation and application to professional schools. Our director of Pre-Professional Health Programs and the Health Science Recommendation Committee, the latter comprised of faculty members who have intimate knowledge of the academic subject matter and the qualifications necessary to be successful in a health-related career, will help guide your path.

"During my first year at Loyola's medical school, I realized how prepared I was compared to other students in the program. I was way ahead because Benedictine's pre-med program I so far ahead of many others. I heard Benedictine's pre-med program was good, but I didn't realize how good until I went to medical school.”

- Jim Sostak, C01

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Upcoming Events

Mar
1
Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Details

Freshman Fridays

Date: March 01

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Gillett Hall

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa.

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

Click here to schedule your visit!

Mar
2
Admitted Student Day
Mesa Branch Campus
9:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Event Details

Admitted Student Day

Date: March 02

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Check in, Resource Fair and Continental Breakfast
Student will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff, pay their deposit and make an appointment with their advisor to register for Fall courses

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Steps to Becoming a Redhawk
Students will learn about the net steps in their admission's process

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Campus Tour of BenU Mesa and downtown Mesa
Students and families will tour each of our buildings and take a ride on the light rail to get the full BenU Mesa student experience

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Still Have Questions?
Students and families can visit with additional departments to get any last minute questions answered. Students may also pay their deposit and make an appointment to meet with their advisor to register for fall courses

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Class Time
Students who signed up to shadow a class will need to meet in the main lobby of Gillett Hall to be escorted to their assigned classroom.

**Parents, feel free to enjoy some light refreshments while your student attends their class


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Mar
8
Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Details

Freshman Fridays

Date: March 08

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Gillett Hall

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa.

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

Click here to schedule your visit!

Mar
14
Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening: The Providers
Mesa Branch Campus
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Details

Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening: The Providers

Date: March 14

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: BenU Mesa

Contact: Jeff Ames    (602) 888-5532    james@ben.edu

Event Description:

City of Mesa Diversity Office and Arizona PBS
Present a Free Preview Screening of:

The Providers

March 14th, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Benedictine University Mesa
225 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

Film Screening Followed by a Panel Discussion and Reception

Event is FREE, but RSVP is Requested on Eventbrite.

PANEL DISCUSSION TOPIC:
Challenges faced by the industry to provide care to those who cannot normally afford it.

FILM DESCRIPTION: 
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers folls three 'country doctors' in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

Questions? Please call 480-644-3705

 

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